New Delhi: Good news for users of public
transport in Delhi. The Delhi High Court today allowed the NCT
government to procure about 400 low floor AC/non-AC buses in
the next few days.
Following the suspension of blue line services from the
roads due to Commonwealth Games, commuters are having a tough
A Division Bench of Justice A K Sikri and Justice Reva
Khetrapal allowed the NCT government to buy more low-floor
buses after the bus manufacturer Ashok Leyland assured the
court that a fleet of 393 buses do not have any manufacture
defect and in case of any mishap or any eventuality due to the
defect in any bus, the company will indemnify any loss
incurred by DTC.
In an order, the court also made it clear that DTC can
recover the compensation amount from the manufacturer in case
the Corporation paid any amount to the victim in case of
The Bench was hearing an urgent application filed by DTC
seeking the court`s permission saying there is a need for
plying more new buses as commuters face the difficulty.
Appearing for the government, standing counsel Najmi
Waziri sought the court`s permission to procure about 400 low-
floor buses from Ashok Leyland.
The counsel for the bus manufacturer informed the court
that an indemnity bond was tendered to DTC on September 14
agreeing to bear the expenses and loss incurred due to
Earlier, accepting the allegations of the amicus curie
that private bus manufacturers have compromised with the
safety standards while supplying large number of new low-floor
buses which resulted several mishaps, the Bench had restrained
DTC from procuring the new Ashok Leyland buses without the
Following the allegations, the Delhi government had
issued a show-cause notice to the manufacturer.
Tendering the indemnity bond, Ashok Leyland has
certified that the new buses are safe and took full financial
and other risks for any eventuality.
Taking suo motu cognisance over repeated accidents on
the road by blueline buses, the Delhi High Court had directed
the government to phase out the buses from roads.
The city government had procured low-floor AC and non-AC
buses from TATA and Ashok Leyland in a phased manner.